If your car needs to be towed somewhere and you want to protect the vehicle from end to end, contact a towing company that offers flatbed towing. In flatbed towing, the car is placed on a flat trailer and hauled to wherever you need it to go, as opposed to dolly towing, in which one end of the car is hooked onto the towing vehicle, and the car is towed at an angle. Flatbed towing is much more protective and versatile. Here are three reasons why.
Protects the Back Bumper and Underside of the Car
In dolly towing, one end of the car is still on the roadway, but the car is tilted up. The back bumper (or front bumper if the back is attached to the towing hitch) can scrape against the road's surface, especially if you have a car where the body is fairly low to the ground. The underside of the car, both the structure and the parts of the engine that are close to where the car would be hooked onto the tow truck for a dolly tow, can be scraped, punctured, and pulled apart if the towing isn't done correctly.
With flatbed towing, none of that is a risk. The car rests on the flatbed, anchored down by ties that are strong but that will not cut into the car. No part of the car touches the roadway, either. If you want to protect your car from the ravages of towing, a flatbed is the way to go.
Can Carry Any Vehicle
Another advantage to the flatbed is that it can carry almost any vehicle. If you're driving a bobtail (the front section of a semi truck trailer), you will have to call a specialized tow company that can tow semi components. But if you have a passenger car, minivan, pickup, SUV, or any other regular vehicle, it will fit on the flatbed easily, and the weight of the vehicle will not be an issue like it can be with dolly towing, where too much weight and resistance can make the vehicle separate from the tow truck.
Cars Can't Slip off or Detach
Once the vehicle is on the flatbed and secured, the vehicle shouldn't go anywhere. It will sit on the flatbed until it's manually removed. With a dolly tow, the vehicle can detach, either due to weight as previously mentioned, or because the connections weren't set up properly and broke apart during the tow.
If you want to know more about how flatbed towing works, talk to a towing company, such as Stuckman Salvage, Inc., about your vehicle. The staff at each company can tell you how the vehicle is tied down and how quickly it takes to get the vehicle on and off the flatbed trailer.Share